MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER — The Warrior Transition Battalion welcomes new leadership Oct. 5 when Command Sgt. Maj. Arlindo Almeida assumes responsibility of the unit, replacing outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Davis who is deploying to Afghanistan with the Army Material Command. Almeida, who previously served as the command sergeant major for the 330th Medical Brigade, was selected to join the WTB after serving two tours in Iraq.
“You see the casualties of war and those who survived and the struggles of what they’re going through; my goal and concept is I want to be a part of the recovery process. I want to use my powers to help them in the direction they want to go,” he said.
Almeida joined the active Army as a military policeman in 1978, becoming a Reservist three years later in the military intelligence field before spending most of his career as a Reserve drill sergeant and a first sergeant in the drill sergeant program. Upon Almeida’s promotion to command sergeant major, he also led transportation and civil affairs units. In his civilian capacity, Almeida works with the Public Defender Service for Connecticut.
“This mission is probably more personal to me because some of these great Warriors I’ve probably served with,” Almeida said.
As the WTB’s senior enlisted advisor, Almeida will be charged with providing recommendations to the commander and staff, while carrying out policies and standards on the performance, training, appearance, conduct and welfare of its more than 500 enlisted personnel.